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Professional Development Grants

The Community Foundation offers a number of educational enrichment grants. Click any title in the list at right for more information and eligibility requirements. You may view application instructions and download forms where available.

Click on any of the grants below to show details about deadlines, eligibility and how to apply.

James A. Gates Oak Park District 97 Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $1,400 loan repayment

Description: This grant is awarded annually to a teacher who aspires to positively affect the futures of their students, embodies a worthy role model for their colleagues, and enhances the quality and the reputation of Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Eligibility: Certified teachers in their first or second year of teaching in Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020-2021. Please check back in fall 2021 about the Application Cycle for 2021-2022.

Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership Award

Amount: $1,000 award to individuals between the ages of 18-25 who participated in a domestic community service project.

Description: The Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership award was established to commemorate the life of Kathleen Garrigan and inspire individuals to participate in domestic service programs. Kathleen, an alumnus of Oak Park and River Forest High School and St. Joseph College, Indiana was participating in a year-long service project in Alaska at the time of her death in 2007.

Eligibility: Individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 with an uplifting attitude and a desire to serve others, one's community and one's nation. Applicants are required to complete a brief application and finalists will interview with the Kathleen Marian Garrigan Scholarship selection committee.

Application Deadline: Closed

There are a variety of college scholarships and student enrichment grants also available through the Community Foundation.

 

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